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Speed reading for IELTS

Speed reading for IELTS An essential skill to help you read faster in the IELTS reading test To read faster in the IELTS reading test, you need to increase you speed reading for IELTS. There ...
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IELTS reading practice (single text)

IELTS reading practice (single text) The Populating of New Zealand There are many myths and legends surrounding New Zealand’s history, but what is certain is that Maori settled in the country long before the arrival ...
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Skimming and scanning in IELTS reading

Skimming and scanning in IELTS reading One of the most common problems with the IELTS reading test is the time limit. You have 60 minutes to find 40 answers over three sections with a total ...
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Listening – writing numbers as answers

IELTS listening - writing numbers as answers In the listening test, some answers may be in number form. Often, the instructions will indicate whether a number is required if it states NO MORE THAN (ONE/TWO/THREE) ...
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‘In contrast’ and ‘On the other hand’

'In contrast' and 'On the other hand' Two linking phrases that are often confused are 'In contrast' and 'On the other hand'. Compare examples A and B. A. Tourism often has a positive impact on ...
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About IELTS

General advice about preparing for IELTS

General advice about preparing for IELTS Become familiar with the test format When you have decided that you need to take the IELTS test, it is worthwhile making sure you are prepared. The first step ...
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Linking words for IELTS writing

Linking words for IELTS writing So, yet and because are three basic examples of linking words - words which allow you to put together ideas either through contrast, comparison, example, cause, effect or sequence. Good ...
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Getting ideas for IELTS Task 2

Getting ideas for IELTS Task 2 With only 40 minutes to read the question, get ideas, plan your essay, write the essay and then proofread your work, you need to be quick getting ideas. Here ...
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Common myths about IELTS

Common myths about IELTS Is the IELTS test harder in some countries? Is IDP easier than the British Council? Can you predict the next writing topic? In the years that we have been teaching and ...
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About IELTS

How to book your IELTS test

Booking your IELTS test Visit the official website The first step in booking your IELTS test is to find out the location of your nearest testing centre by clicking here (this will open a new ...
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About IELTS

Differences between the Academic and General Training IELTS test

Differences between the Academic and General Training IELTS test The two types There are two types of IELTS test - the Academic Module and the General Training Module. It is important when preparing and applying ...
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About the IELTS test

About the IELTS test What is IELTS? IELTS is the acronym for the International English Language Testing System. It is a test of English language ability. It is increasing in popularity against other English standard ...
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General Writing #1

About IELTS writing

About IELTS writing It is very important to note that there are significant differences between the Academic Module and the General Training IELTS writing test. Parts of the test There are two parts to the ...
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IELTS speaking

About the IELTS speaking test

IELTS speaking test format Timing and requirements *Note that the listening test is the same for the General Training and Academic Module test There are three parts to the IELTS speaking test, with the whole ...
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IELTS practice tests

About the IELTS reading test

About the IELTS reading test The IELTS reading test takes 60 minutes to complete, has three sections and a total of 40 questions. You need to make sure that your answers are transferred to the ...
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IELTS Task 2 avoiding emotional language

IELTS Task 2 avoiding emotional language A common error in the IELTS test is not writing in a formal, academic manner for Task 2. In this post, we will look at writing too emotionally. Compare ...
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IELTS speaking practice test

Speaking more formally in Part 3

Speaking more formally in Part 3 As you probably know, there are three parts in the IELTS speaking test. In Part One, the examiner will ask you questions about yourself. In Part Two, you will ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 001

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 1 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: In many ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing more academically

IELTS Task 2 Writing more academically To write a good Task 2 essay for IELTS, you need to know how to write more formally and to present yourself in an academic manner. This post will ...
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Using idioms in IELTS

Using idioms and phrasal verbs in the IELTS test An idiom is a phrase created from a group of words that does not necessarily have any meaning related to the words themselves. For example, 'that ...
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About the IELTS listening test

The IELTS Listening test *Note that the listening test is the same for the General Training and Academic Module test Timing and requirements There are four sections in the IELTS listening test, with each section ...
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Headings questions in IELTS

Headings questions in IELTS reading One of the most common - and most difficult - types of question you are likely to face in the IELTS reading test are Headings style questions, where you are ...
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Meaning and intonation

Meaning and intonation In the speaking test, you are being assessed on four different criteria, one of which is pronunciation. Pronunciation refers to how clear you are when you speak, and can be broken into ...
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Stative and dynamic verbs

Stative and dynamic verbs Verbs can be divided into two types: stative and dynamic verbs. Stative verbs are also known as state verbs and dynamic verbs are also know as action verbs. Do you know ...
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IELTS grammar: conditional sentences

IELTS grammar: conditional sentences This section of our website focuses on essential grammar for IELTS, with tips, hints and exercises that you can use both in the writing and the speaking test. Conditional sentences are ...
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So and such (for emphasis)

So and such 'So' and 'such' are often used incorrectly in English. Both so and such are used to 'give emphasis' - this means to show that something is 'extreme' or 'more than'. For example ...
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Direct and indirect questions

Direct and indirect questions When asking for information in English you can use direct and indirect questions. There are differences in sentence structure and levels of politeness and formality. In English, a basic question can ...
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Past perfect simple and continuous

Past perfect simple and continuous Past perfect simple and continuous are used to talk about an 'earlier' past when you are also talking about another (more recent) past situation. In general terms, while both past ...
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Countable and uncountable nouns – more rules

Countable and uncountable nouns - more rules Sometimes nouns can act as both countable and uncountable nouns (often with a slight difference in meaning). This can make learning the rules even more complicated! For example, ...
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Make uncountable nouns countable

Make uncountable nouns countable Nouns can be split into two different groups - countable and uncountable. (see Countable and uncountable nouns for more information) Countable nouns, as the name suggests, can be counted. For example, ...
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Prepositions of time 2

Prepositions of time 2 Prepositions of time (and all types of prepositions) can be one of the hardest parts of English to use correctly because the rules are often quite difficult, and like most rules ...
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Prepositions of place 2

Prepositions of place 2 Prepositions of place (and all prepositions) can be one of the hardest parts of English to use correctly because the rules are often quite difficult, and like most rules for a ...
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Transitive and intransitive verbs

Transitive and intransitive verbs Transitive and intransitive verbs have different rules when you use them to make sentences. Read the two sentences that follow. They contain examples of transitive and intransitive verbs. Do you know ...
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Present perfect continuous

Present perfect continuous (also known as the present perfect progressive) Present perfect tenses are used to talk about situations that connect the past to now. Present perfect continuous is formed using: have / has + ...
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Future simple tense

Future simple tense (will and be going to) The future simple tense has two forms in English - 'will' and '(be) going to'. When you use the future simple tense to talk about the future ...
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Question tags (tag questions)

Question tags Question tags (also called tag questions) are common structures used in spoken English. An example of a question tag is: 'You like studying English, don't you?' The first part of a question tag ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 1 Section 1

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 1 Section 1 Section 1 Go to Section 2 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same question types, content style, length ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 005

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 5 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: In schools, most courses finish with a final exam to assess a students ability ...
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Modal verbs (modal auxiliary verbs)

Modal verbs Modal verbs (also called modal auxiliary verbs, or modals) are used with the infinitive form of the main verb (minus -to) to add additional layers of meaning to a sentence. Modal verbs are ...
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5 tips to improve your IELTS reading

5 tips to improve your IELTS reading Are you taking practice test after practice, but not seeing your score improve? Stuck on the same level with your reading for ages? You're not alone - this ...
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IELTS Writing practice test (Academic Module) #1

IELTS Writing practice test (Academic Module) #1 This section of the site is for you to try writing a complete IELTS writing test. For the best practice, we strongly recommend that you keep to the ...
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Past simple tense

Past simple In English grammar, the past simple is used to talk about finished events or actions in the past. Here are some example sentences including regular past simple verbs: I worked last Monday. They ...
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The present simple

The present simple In English grammar, the present simple is used to talk about habits and routines. Here is an example of the present simple in a sentence: I work on weekdays. The present simple ...
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Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 4

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 4 Jump back to Section 1  | Jump back to Section 2  |  Jump back to Section 3 Note: all of the question types, timings and pauses between recordings ...
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Vocabulary for IELTS – words beginning with B or C

Vocabulary for IELTS - words beginning with B or C We're back with some more vocabulary for you to test your skills. Read the sentences below and decide which of the words that follow would ...
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Talking about hobbies (speaking)

Talking about hobbies In the IELTS speaking test, the examiner could ask you to talk about your hobbies. Here's a bad example of a response to a question about hobbies: Examiner: What sports do you ...
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Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 1

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 1 Updated: we've now added the transcript at the bottom of the page! Jump to Section 2  | Jump to Section 3  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all ...
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Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 1

Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 1 Updated: we've now added the transcript at the bottom of the page! Jump to Section 2 | Jump to Section 3 | Jump to Section 4 Note: all ...
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Talking about special days and celebrations

Talking about special days and celebrations It is common in the IELTS speaking test to be asked to talk about special days or celebrations, so here are some model answers that will give you a ...
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IELTS vocabulary for the environment

IELTS vocabulary for the environment Essential IELTS vocabulary split into common IELTS topics and subsections. In this lesson, we are focusing on IELTS vocabulary for the environment - pollution, solutions to the problem etc. Take ...
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